RafW on 8/7/2014
(used on FH; 2.0)
Never thought I'd say this, but Stiga Calibra LT is better for me than T05!!
T05 has it all: speed, spin, control.
Calibra LT has even more speed and control. You can control every shot from dropping a serve back short (really short!) to spinning cross court full power.
A slow loop can produce a lot of spin when the ball is lightly brushed.
The ball trajectory seems to be longer but can be easily adjusted for. In fact when you get used to it the ball hits the table near the end and is much harder to block for your opponent.
Pure speed kicks in when you loop full power. Flat strokes aren't that impressive.
The main difference between T05 and this one is the lower throwing angle. This needs a bit of getting used to. I struggled with this for a couple of sessions. Now things are starting to improve.
When you have to react really fast the Stiga Calibra LT is harder to handle than T05. So far I was not able to hit any "lucky" shots. You really have to be prepared for every shot and attack it with vigor!
Conclusion: Wonderful product
jrado on 3/31/2014
I started playing in 1970. I have used a lot of table tennis equipment since then. I am currently rated about 1600 USATT. This is by far the most technical inverted rubber I ever used. The throw angle is the lowest. The rubber is very fast. When you combine very low throw with great speed and a long trajectory you get a lot of balls going off the end of the table. That is true for players whose technique is not strong. For me personally, I have adjusted my technique and am very happy with this rubber. I am not good enough to get 100% of what the rubber offers. At best I am getting about 30 - 45%, but I am happy with that. Stiga took fast attack rubbers, put them together with very spinny rubbers and control rubbers and created a rubber that in the hands of a skilled technically proficient players can be all of the other rubbers combined in one. This rubber has so many gears and surreal control at any speed. The long trajectory is disturbing to other players. Spin depends entirely on the player. Stroke the ball correctly and there is very heavy spin, or change your stroke and watch the ball catapult with little to no spin. I love this rubber. It is light (45 grams at maximum thickness) I use it on my forehand with Barwell Fleet blade and T64 2.1 on the backhand. Well done Stiga!
wlynn on 3/11/2013
I use this rubber on my Stiga Clipper forehand. Great combo of spin and speed, better than Tenergy 05. For someone with lots of touch, you can get tremendous amounts of spin on the ball. Makes a pronounced popping sound when striking the ball, for those of you that like that. Stiga markets the Calibra rubbers as giving great long trajectory; you do not have to work hard to project the ball with this rubber. Lots of touch and control for a med.-hard sponge too.
seguso on 3/3/2012
in short: great speed and control. spin is average. The perfect forehand rubbers for skilled powerloopers.
after a certain skill level, I believe this rubber is superior to Tenergy 05 in _all_ respects. I know this is a bold statement and I'll try to justify it below.
You can think of Calibra LT as an improved acuda s2, (hardness, throw and feel are similar), but with _much_ more control, and much faster. s2 has superficially the same medium-low throw as calibra, but in reality it has an unpredictable throw, while calibra lt is very predictable (and much faster).
it is a great forehand rubber on any blade. I could use it on bh without problems (and probably will, possibly in a softer version).
only for skilled players due to the low throw, much lower than t05 or vega pro. you have to know how to lift the ball. But, again, much easier than acuda s2.
and you'll find that, on fast carbon blades, calibra lt is _more_ controllable than slower, higher throw rubbers such as t05 or vega pro, because these rubbers are also more spin-sensitive so they amplify your small errors.
I think the keyword for this rubber is _predictability_. The ball seems to go where you want it to.
With Calibra LT it is very easy to counterloop, unlinke T05 or vega pro, because of the low throw and spin sensitivity. this is a big plus after a certain level.
with calibra lt your opening loop will have much more penetration than with t05 or vega pro. This is important because, again after a certain level, spinny opening loops are useless.
with calibra lt, service receive is much easier than with t05, vega pro or acuda.
Calibra lt does not need tuning. It is probably the fastest rubber to date.
It is not true that this is only for mid-distance players. I am a close-to-table looper and have no problem with calibra lt on OFF+ carbon blade. Only, you have to have a good technique for opening loop.
this rubber is not blade-dependent: it works great on both flexible hard wooden blades such as stiga OCR, and stiff carbon blades such as dawei wavestone.
Nelsonjack124 on 10/6/2016
I am using this rubber max both sides Bh & FH On my gergely tamca 5000 spin is ok even topspins and serves, serves mostly land on the net a plenty times specially when serving deep spin serves, this rubber has a good control over all sometimes i think maybe because I have very stiff blade like gerlgely it becomes difficult a bit to play as gergely is an advanced blade, for smashing it is very good and flicking too, its been a month i am using this rubber so far good this rubber can be very offensive if anyone glues it on a right blade , and has the right skill with a suitable angle,those who want to finish points faster this rubber is good overall satisfactory